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Joint Rapid Reaction Force

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans the Government has to undergo a Joint Rapid Reaction Force exercise where participants do not have prior notice; and if he will make a statement. [110554]

The Joint Rapid Reaction Forces are exercised on a regular basis but we currently have no plans for an exercise in which the participants would have no prior notice. We do, however, arrange at least one Command Post Exercise each year for the Commander Joint Force Operations and his staff, in which they participate without any prior notice. The purpose of these is to exercise the Commander and staff in the planning and execution of a short notice deployment.